Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

Adapted from Hubert Selby Jr.'s underground novel, Uli Edel's bleak film is set among the Brooklyn world of the early 1950s, a place populated by prostitutes, junkies and thugs. The episodic tale reins in figures like Tralala… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 19, 1990
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

These are fellow human beings who suffer, who are limited in their freedom to imagine greater happiness for themselves, and yet in their very misery they embody human striving.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

For the most part, Edel captures the harrowing grim tone of the book and the compassion the author had for his unsympathetic flawed characters.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The pockmarked buildings have a peeling grayness, as if some forgotten battle had been waged there and dulled everything in its wake.

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Peter Bowen

What makes these stories utterly depressing is not the despair they disclose with routine banality, but the utterly relentless violence the film deploys against any character who even attempts to change his/her fate.

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Emanuel Levy

German director Eli Edel has fashioned a grim yet coherent and extremely well acted tale out of Hubert Selby's 1964 collection of short stories about misfits, criminals and outsiders in Brooklyn's Red Hook, circa 1952.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Cinematic style and Jennifer Jason Leigh make this worth watching.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

So bleak a vision as to be obsessive and ultimately shallow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Hubert Selby Jr's novel of life and hard times in 1950's Brooklyn is a web of interconnecting stories involving work lock-outs, domestic violence and… More
Mike T.
I usually don't approve of comparisons between source material and film, but I can't prevent myself from doing it here. Selby Jr.'s novel… More
Walter M.
"Last Exit to Brooklyn" starts out with a group of soldiers impugning the honor of Tralala(Jennifer Jason Leigh), followed by the predictable beatdown… More
Sylvester Kuo
A depiction of the low lives in Brooklyn, featuring an excellent cast. The merciless and fierce atmosphere was presented with the well designed lighting.
John Ballantine
Although critically revered, Last Exit to Brooklyn is not compelling enough to keep your attention. These are unsympathetic characters that you feel nothing for… More
Anthony Valletta
Unsympathetic characters, unpleasant situations. . . isn't life swell? Please don't watch this in the bath tub with razor blades near by.